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Yet More Bombings in Iraq

The political process is faltering as these attacks continue apace. A series of car bomb blasts in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 47 people and injured many more, officials say. The blasts targeted markets and car parks in mainly Shia Muslim districts of the city. There has been a recent upsurge in sectarian violence, sparking fears of a return to the bloodletting of 2008. More than 5,000 people have been killed so far this year, according to United Nations data. (BBC

Massive Floods in Mauritania

A highly vulnerable region is getting soaked. “Weeks of heavy rains that began in mid-August have left much of Mauritania’s capital city, Nouakchott, and six of the surrounding regions under water, creating ‘unprecedented’ damage according to the Department of Civil Protection. Some areas have seen as much as 35 percent more rainfall than average, according to the National Meteorological Office. More than 5,600 people have been affected by the flooding, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).OCHA says that 2,305 people have been displaced and at least eight people have died.” (IRIN